Next Up at the Point at Syracuse: Kaleb Joseph

With Tyler Ennis headed to the NBA Draft, Syracuse fans are wondering, what’s next?

Barry Connors, who coaches incoming Syracuse point guard Kaleb Joseph at Cushing (MA) Academy, says not to worry.

“Hell, if I had a vested interest in Syracuse I’d be worried, too,” Connors told SNY.tv by phone Friday morning. “You’re losing a point guard who’s pretty damn good. I got some news for you. This kid’s ready.”

Connors spouted off a few impressive stats and also delved into Joseph’s game. To read more of this story, click here

Tyler Ennis to the NBA Draft

Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis met with head coach Jim Boeheim on Thursday and informed him he will enter the NBA Draft.

“Tyler’s talked it over with us and he’s decided to enter the draft,” his father, CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre, told SNY.tv by phone Thursday.

Syracuse later issued a statement making it official.

“I’d like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse,” said Ennis. “I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA.”

The 6-foot-2 Ennis, who averaged 12.9 points 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in his lone season at Syracuse, is projected anywhere from 6-15 in the Draft, his father said.

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Boeheim Says He Has Contract ‘As Long as I Want to Coach'; Says Nothing Imminent on Ennis, Grant(UPDATED)

After saying in an interview with Michael Kay and Don La Greca on ESPN 98.7 that he only has one year left on his current contract, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim clarified his comments to SNY.tv.

“I have a contract as long as I want to coach,” Boeheim said by phone. “As many years as I want.”

Boeheim, 69, added that he has “no plan” on how long he will coach.

During the radio interview, Boeheim said he only had one year remaining on his deal.

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Tyler Ennis to Huddle with Coaches, Family on NBA Decision

Tyler EnnisSyracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis will huddle this week with his coaches and family before making a decision about his future, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-2 Ennis will “look at all avenues and take everything into account to make sure he understands all options and the pros and cons to a decision like this and then he will decide,” the source said.

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Season Comes to An End for Ennis, NBA People Say He’s Ready

Tyler EnnisBUFFALO — The ball left Tyler Ennis’s hand and seemed right on line for a game-winning 3-pointer….until it hit the back iron and bounced out.

Ennis had made so many clutch baskets for Syracuse all season, and in this game, too, he carried them to the brink of a dramatic victory, scoring their last 11 points of the game. But the freshman from Brampton, Ontario missed the final two jumpers of his freshman season — a 15-footer that would’ve put the Orange ahead and a 3-point attempt that might’ve won it — and the Orange ended their season suddenly and stunningly, falling to Dayton, 55-53, in a second-round South Region game at First Niagara Center.

“It felt good when it left my hands,” Ennis said quietly in a corner of the Syracuse locker room of the 3-point shot. To read more of this story, click here

Boeheim Calls Duke Loss ‘Painful,’ Says ‘Whoever is playing Mercer is in trouble’

Boeheim KBUFFALO — Before coming onto the podium here in advance of Saturday’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim watched his friend Mike Krzyzewski and Duke get stunned by Mercer.

“Yeah, I watched the game, I watched almost the whole game,” Boeheim said. “Honestly, it’s probably the only team in the country I haven’t seen play this year.  I don’t know how I missed them. Just watching them play, I thought they were a better team.

“I didn’t think this was like Duke playing bad or anything like that.  Whoever is playing Mercer is in trouble.  That’s what I think.  Inside guard play, big guys.  I just think they’re just a really good team. To read more of this story, click here

Confident Cooney Key to ‘Cuse Run; Tyler Roberson Gets First Taste of NCAA Tournament

BUFFALO — Anybody who’s watched Syracuse over the course of this season knows that a confident and effective Trevor Cooney can mean the difference between winning and losing.

It’s probably no coincidence that Cooney’s late-season struggles coincided with the Orange losing five of their final seven games.

Since draining 11-of-15 shots for 33 points in a win over Notre Dame on Feb. 3, Cooney hadn’t made more than four field goals in a game. The Orange went 5-5 during that span.

In starting the season 25-0, Cooney made four or more field goals 15 times. To read more of this story, click here